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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Increased levels of emotional stress, anxiety, and depression among children and teenagers is a major concern among parents and school districts.


Suicide has become the second leading cause of death among children and teenagers age 10-24 in the United States of America. There were over 100 attempted suicides in the Santa Barbra school district just last year!


Schools are starting some classes to educate children and teens about mental health and self awareness. In the past educators believed that stress and social stress and academic stress was a part of life however due to the high suicide rates they are re thinking news ways to help youth in the schools.


Children and adolescent teenagers are losing themselves in social media and the internet with unrealistic comparisons. Suicide is being normalized on movies, Netflix, internet and more.


Stress can impact children brain chemistry. This stress can eventually create mental health disorders in children and teens in the USA and pHoenix Arizona and throughout the world. It is essential to address at risk teens in phoenix and throughout the world so we can provide the support they need.

Three children in Feb-2009 committed suicide in Illinois. Some symptoms of children at risk are: depression, discussion of suicidal thoughts, alcohol or drug abuse, frequently running away, and avoiding family and friends, isolating, low self esteem, angry, dropping out of school, giving things away, not connecting socially to peers, feeling bad about who they are and much much more….There is not simply one red flag their are many.

The vast majority of young people who commit suicide also have psychiatric disorders( medication management). Many children have had issues with bullying as well. Clearly being victimized or made fun of is not healthy for a child, teen, or adolescent.

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As a child, teen or adolescent you can tell your mom and Dad if you are being bullied. You should tell the principal and your teacher. A child or teen needs to be in a safe environment in order to learn, grow, and develop emotionally and socially in a healthy way.

Arizona ranks in the top 10 states across the nation for suicide-related deaths.

Paying attention to warning signs-changes in behavior, hearing someone say, “this place would be better off without me” should be taken seriously, Kontz said. She recommends parents take advantage of opporrtunities to speak with their child about suicide and depression.

There are many excellent counseling tools to help elevate mood and treat depression. CBT therapy looks at unhealthy thoughts that have no facts to support them and how these thoughts impact mood. DBT has a few elements: awareness/mindfulness, distress tolerance/mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness. These are all research based and evidence based counseling techniques that have been used for decades with positive results. There are many other effective techniques that can be used to create health and balance for your child or teenager.

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Monday, November 19th, 2018

Another study came out today stating face-book can cause depression. The study states the more an individual uses face-book the greater there depressed mood becomes. The study makes a great deal of sense. Individuals for the most part post what is perceived as “fun”or going somewhere “travel”, activities they have been to, Food they have eaten, Hotels they have stayed at, and do not post negative aspects of their life. Facebook posts typically present all the good and not all the pain!!!!! If someone is feeling down and sees :”everyone is at party’s “and “everyone is having fun”by comparison it makes individuals feel less than when in reality the individual who is posting may be very unhappy . This recent study states social media decreases individual well being. Many people feel the fear of missing out when they see others shoving there fancy parties, new cars, fancy vacations in their face w daily posts.

A study in Sweden last year showed that Facebook usage had a significance on lowering self esteem. This study was a correlative study. In another study results showed that Facebook use was a breeding ground for narcissists.

Facebook users may feel there life is not as fun as others and life is unfair. Many people begin to feel jealous when their partner is receiving likes and wonder what is going on ? Feeling jealous that ones posts are not responded too as well is very common.

A recent research study published in the Journal of behavior therapy and Experimental psychiatry states that research suggests that sitting upright can make you feel more alert and enthusiastic, feel less fearful, and have a higher self esteem after a stressful task.

A study shows that posture of the shoulders , back, and head was connected to depressed client’s mood and that those that stood up straight had less of a negative mood, more energy, and were more self focused according to the research study on posture and depression.

There are many elements in life that can contribute to a depressed mood or that may trigger depression. A family history of mental health issues is just one factor or many. Individuals with a family history of substance abuse issues also has a connection with mood as well.

Stress and trauma from birth on can make many children and teenagers, and adults prone to mental health disorders including and not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance abuse and much more. Stress from family fighting and emotional pain can impact mental health disorders. Divorce, separations,verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, changing schools, bullying, poor family relationships, grief and loss of family members, and more can impact mood and make teens and children more susceptible toward mental health disorders: eating disorders, Phobias, Mood disorders, substance dependence and more.

Neurological factors and low levels of neurotransmitters can affect emotional balance and stability. This makes mental health  disorders more common.

Sleep disorders and poor sleep have shown a huge connection with depression and mood disorders for adults, and teenagers. Simply not getting adequate sleep can have a huge impact on mental health.

Eating health and balanced diets are important for teens and adults for mood balance. Most teens and aduts skip breakfast and this impacts mood and concentration in a negative manner.

A few areas that can help regulate mood include research based cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT therapy looks at daily thoughts that are unhealthy or irrational and not based in facts and helps client’s first become aware of these unhealthy thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy further helps identify how ones feelings: anger, sadness, fear, frustration, etc are impacted by each unhealthy or irrational thought. As an individual changes his thought process so we see the client’s mood changing in a positive way. If we can change our thoughts and reduce sad feelings and angry feelings that we do not desire then we can also replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts that will produce positive feelings like : hopefulness, happiness etc.

There are a number of elements that contribute to a depressed mood. Working on areas that are out of balance will help manage depression and a depressed mood and can help adults and youth reach desired goals and create happiness. has a specialty working with depression in adults over the past 15 years.

Child and Teens on Media .

Many of us are numb to the facts that web sites we use daily: facebook, twitter, Instagram, snapchat provide us with media for free however it really is not free the price we pay is these companies sell our interests and consumer habits to these companies and that’s how they stay in business.

There are many applications that actually listen in to your surroundings and they specifically record what you are watching and what commercials are on and all of your viewing habits on TV.

Research shows that most people post positive events on social media and present a happy, fun, enjoyable life, however, the parts of their life that are miserable or in great pain or not highlighted. People look at the posts and think wow there “ life is great” etc. It is a skewed reality in fact they might be depressed and have other problems. Social media allows people to present a part of who they are almost like the cover of a book without looking at all the detailed chapters.

Children and teens well beings and mood can worsen from viewing social media and this has been researched. There is a correlation between lower self esteem and a greater sense of a depressed mood the more children and teens are using: twitter, instagram, snapchat , facebook, etc.

Many children and teens are addicted to video games and the internet. Many experts do not want to throw the term addiction around however there is research on I use facebook to forget my problesm, I use facebook more and more and really have no intention of being on so long etc. The same goes for video games .

Social media can be used by children to receive acceptance and validation that they perceive they are not receiving. Children and teens use social media for attention from others very often .

We know children and teens crave approval from there peers and there is this effort to seek( likes) or thumbs up or validation on there social media sites.

On snapchat many children have a game of not breaking the chain of using the site with friends and it has become a priority for youth to log in and comment daily even w a smiley face or hello just so they do not break the chain. Addiction? Can be yes.

Many children and teens have been cyberbullied through the internet. The internet and social media give children a sense of anonymity and they do not have to attack someone verbally face to face they can hide behind their smartphone or macbook etc. Cyberbullying is s huge problem in our society and it always leaves a digital footprint so children and teens must be very aware and careful of their behaviors because it is recorded for parents, and schools, and everyone.

Twenty percent of children and adolescents are affected by mental health problems and disorders. Those aged 18-24 have the highest prevalence of mental disorders of any age group.

It is important to try and use prevention and get your child or teenager help as soon as possible before dangerous behaviors become progressively more dangerous.

Depression in youth must be taken seriously it is the third most common cause of death among this age group. provides counseling Depression Phoenix, depression counseling Phoenix, counseling adults Phoenix AZ, counseling teens Phoenix, counseling Families Phoenix Az.

Both Biological and developmental factors contribute to Depression. Some signs for adolescence of depression may be: drug/alcohol abuse/use, failing performance in school, risk taking behaviors ( driving too fast) etc.

Cognitive behavioral therapy in counseling has shown excellent results in teens as well as in adults.

When sadness lasts for more than two weeks along with more symptoms it is a sign that professional help is needed.

Some common signs for Depression include: change in mood and change in behavior; withdrawal from family, withdrawal from social situations, loss of energy, loss of motivation, challenges concentrating, giving away prized personal or real property, suicidal thoughts and more….

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Kevin Love NBA star discussed his social anxiety as well as his family history of depression and anxiety. Kevin Love had panic attacks and many of his teammates did not buy into his true mental health issues. Many in society are told to “suck it up” and mental health is not taken as serious as it needs to be due to a stigma in our society. Mental Health Disorders can be paralyzing as well as dangerous.

Love had difficulty talking to the reporter back in March and revisited the topic a few months later via email.  Love told the journalist that he was having stress with his family as well as stress w helping the Cavaliers and had a huge panic attack . Love said he could not catch his breath and was running from room to room in the locker rooms. Kevin Love said his heart was beating so hard it felt like it was going to jump out of his chest. Love states he could not catch his breath and it was terrifying. Love went on to say he felt he was going to die.

John Lucas a former NBA player with the Houston Rockets states that over Forty percent of NBA athletes have a mental health disorder. Mental health disorders like: Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression etc can lead to alcohol and drug abuse and disorders that can make things even worse physically and mentally for the player.

Players have to want to get help and must realize that mental health issues are just as serious as Physical disorders. Mental Health disorders will build and ooze out into unhealthy behaviors w family, peers or others . We all have stress and we all need support at going to a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist is a sign of strength and not weakness. The ego can get in our way.

The pressure to perform is extremely high in the NBA as well as coming into millions of dollars at a young age.

Many players in the NBA are suffering from anxiety and depression however it is not something most want to talk about. Many NBA players have come out and state one in three people in the USA have anxiety or depression so it is not uncommon or unusual. Mental health is part of the human element not specific to NBA .

A study was done with over 17,000 people on adverse childhood experiences:physical, emotional and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect, domestic violence, parental substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, household mental illness, suicide or death, and crime or an imprisoned family member and more.

The research showed that between one to four had adverse childhood experiences and if left unchecked problems can arise.  an lead to disrupted neurodevelopment, which can lead to social, emotional and cognitive impairment, which can lead to adoption of health-risk behavior (such as drugs and alcohol), which can lead to disease, disability and social problems and death as well.

Paul Pierce of the Celtics battled depression for over a year. Pierce struggles with crowds and anxiety after he had an alteraction and was stabbed at a night club. The more we invest in mental wellness for society and the NBA the better we will feel as a society and less pain we will carry around.

For boys aged nine to 15, suicide is now reportedly the second most common cause of death. It is a troubling statistic and one that reflects wider concerns.

Happy children have a better chance of becoming successful children and that’s why we see their emotional development as being just as important as their academic development.

Depression, anger, anxiety, body image, social skills, and self esteem are just a few areas that need to be addressed as well as behavioral and emotional issues.

A study published in Lancet Psychiatry, found that 14-year-old teens who had contact with counseling services had a greater decrease in depressive symptoms than those with similar difficulties but without contact. By the age of 17, the odds of reporting clinical depression were more than SEVEN TIMEShigher in individuals without contact than in service users who had been similarly depressed at baseline. This includes other mental health services as well.


Contact with mental health services appeared to be of such value that after three years the levels of depressive symptomsof service users with a mental disorder were similar to those of almost 1000 unaffected individuals.

“Mental health and emotional issues can be painful for children, teens and adults . Research worldwide shows clearly that if we intervene at an early stage, we can see potentially dramatic improvements in teen and child symptoms of depression and reduce the risk that they go on to develop severe depressive illness.

Early prevention and finding balance through counseling, and parenting is vital for success. Looking at : sleep, diet, peers, social, self esteem, exercise, friendships, healthy habits, emotional and behavioral issues must all be addressed to spring board your child or teen into balance and success.

Teens have pain and stress and get anxious and depressed. Many adolescents are stressed about : family relationships, peer relationships, grades at school, about future careers, future jobs, future schooling , college?

Anxiety and depression are on the rise since 2012 as well as self harm. Cutting or self harm is also on the rise among adolescents as well as children. Self harm is on the rise and it is not only girls there is a high level of boys that are participating in s elf harm. Most who self harm are doing so to cope with anxiety and depression of course not all but a lot are coping with anxiety and depression. It is important to discover what is going on that is creating anxiety and depression to help each unique child as well as look at all areas of life that are causing great emotional pain.

Over 3 million teens reported an episode of depression in the past year. Over two million teens reported an incident of depression that impacted daily activities and habits. Almost seven million teens have reported an anxiety disorder. keep in mind this what is reported and there must be figures that are much higher than what is being reported statistically. Experts believe that over 27 million teens have experienced an anxiety disorder or an incident of depression that has impacted their daily functioning.

Adolescent teens have grown up watching terror and have gone through a huge recession. It is hard to get away from all the electronic screens and most media is relaying fear and negative messages to youth. When most youth have at least three screens or more it is hard to shut down the fear based stimuli unless there are strict limits enforced daily. Advertisements are bombarding youth from phones, tv, video games, web sites, movie sites, music sites and it is hard for youth to get away from it all. Most of it induces stress.

Boundaries are not being set and this is creating huge problems in relationships and at school and with mental health. Children are zoning out and parents are zoning out and time spent talking is a commodity.

Teens are stressed about dong well at school and getting into college or having a career or a job. Anxiety is a very big piece of most youths lives today in 2016. On the outside adolescents may present as calm however on the inside is great anxiety and pain.

Online bullying is big and is on the rise so not only can someone bully a child in person they can do it covertly online and cause horrible damage to children and teenagers. Many youth have committed due to bullying recently. Children and teens are cruel and unkind over instagram and show little compassion or kindness at all. Children do not want to go to school and are down and depressed due to the way others are treating them online.

Children and teens are distressed at a high level and mask it with games and music and other distractions. It is vital to talk about their thoughts and feelings daily in depth for their emotional health and physical health. Counseling can provide that balance for mental and physical health. has expertise in working with youth and families for over 15 years!

Counseling Child Teen Depression, Social media Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek Arizona

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

We are all numb to the facts that web sites we use daily: facebook, twitter, Instagram, snapchat provide us with media for free however it really is not free the proce we pay is these companies sell our interests and consumer habits to these companies and that’s how they stay in business.


There are many applications that actually listen in to your surroundings and they specifically record what you are watching and what commercials are on and all of your viewing habits on TV.


Research shows that most people post positive events on social media and present a happy, fun, enjoyable life, however, the parts of their life that are miserable or in great pain or not highlighted. People look at the posts and think wow there “ life is great” etc. It is a skewed reality in fact they might be depressed and have other problems. Social media allows people to present a part of who they are almost like the cover of a book without looking at all the detailed chapters.


Children and teens well beings and mood can worsen from viewing social media and this has been researched. There is a correlation between lower self esteem and a greater sense of a depressed mood the more children and teens are using: twitter, instagram, snapchat , facebook, etc.


Many children and teens are addicted to video games and the internet. Many experts do not want to throw the term addiction around however there is research on I use facebook to forget my problesm, I use facebook more and more and really have no intention of being on so long etc. The same goes for video games .


Social media can be used by children to receive acceptance and validation that they perceive they are not receiving. Children and teens use social media for attention from others very often .


We know children and teens crave approval from there peers and there is this effort to seek( likes) or thumbs up or validation on there social media sites.


On snapchat many children have a game of not breaking the chain of using the site with friends and it has become a priority for youth to log in and comment daily even w a smiley face or hello just so they do not break the chain. Addiction? Can be yes.


Many children and teens have been cyberbullied through the internet. The internet and social media give children a sense of anonymity and they do not have to attack someone verbally face to face they can hide behind their smartphone or macbook etc. Cyberbullying is s huge problem in our society and it always leaves a digital footprint so children and teens must be very aware and careful of their behaviors because it is recorded for parents, and schools, and everyone.

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Saturday, May 6th, 2017


Over 118,000 children have been discharged from hospitals with a diagnosis of suicidality or intent for self harm from 2007- 2015 in The United States of America. Children below the age eleven represented over 15,000 of the discharges. Out of the 118,000 youth over 59,000 youth between the ages of 15-17 were discharged. Thirty five percent plus were between the ages of twelve and fourteen in a study done on children and depression and children and suicide.


Depression and suicidal thoughts in the summer in the month of July decreased when looking at the year from a month to month perspective . Children and teens suicidal thoughts increased in frequency around the same time that school typically started up again.


There are many reasons a child could be depressed or have suicidal thoughts: divorce, bullying, change in school, family challenges, physical abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, family history of depression and mental health issues, family conflict, socio economic factors, substance abuse issues in the family, poor communication, poor self esteem, negative thinking, emotional and behavioral challenges, learning hurdles, school stress, academic stress, social stress, relationships at school, relationships in general, family stress, identity issues, puberty, cyberbullying and more.


Parents can become more aware that their child is depressed and can take action. Parents recognizing symptoms like the following but not limited to these are red flags to get help: isolating behavior, loss of joy, angry all the time, change in sleep habits, change in eating habits, spending less time with family, spending less time with peers or friends, shutting down and not communicating, feeling sad, feeling down, crying , suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, giving things away, feeling helpless, feeling hopeless, finding no motivation or joy in school or activities outside of school, negative self talk, and many more symptoms are red flags that your child needs professional help as soon as possible!


Over 20 Million children are on psychotropic medications. These medications may create a change in emotional state and this may reduce a child’s impulse control, HOWEVER, this also could contribute to suicidal urges in youth, children, and teens and is recognized by pharmaceutical companies on their packaging and with Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Psychotherapists. David

There are many evidence based techniques that can help with mood issues: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, DBT, and more that created desired change. David Abrams MAPC, LPC specializes in working with youth and families and helps find balance and health at home and at school as well as looking at self esteem, behaviors, communication, respect, academics, and more learning tools to find success.

Lifeworks AZ: has been working with children and families treating depression and more for over ten years. For more info go to the web site David R Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS. David specializes in children, teens and family mental health issues.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Research shows childhood exposure to trauma, physical or sexual abuse, and other painful events may create chronic health and behavioral and emotional health problems, and problems with the juvenile justice system. However millions of  children are suffering from depression and anxiety and ADHD due to other reasons.

The percentage of children and adolescent teens whom report self-injury or feelings of hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, behavior issues  has risen in recent years, according to a new report in the USA.

Children that are not receiving adequate sleep display emotional and behavioral disorders. They also struggle with social skills and academics as well as have increase in family communication problems.

In the Journal Behavior and Peds,articles state the connection between sleep disorders and mental health disorders the relationship is discovered over time and that the relationship is reciprocal. Research states that between 3 and 4 out of every child have sleep impairment.

Bullying is an issue that has severe consequences. Many boys as well as girls are ashamed and depressed and this has resulted in suicides through out Arizona and the USA. Many children that are bullied feel alone and in despair and are anxious and depressed however do not share this with teachers or family. Children and Teens also suffer from social stigma, leading to shame, secrecy and social isolation.

There are a number of red flags that your child or teen is depressed. A parent must go with their intuition that something is not right or wrong with their child or teen. The list below is not all the signs that your child might be depressed however they are signs that your child needs professional support in counseling, family counseling, or combined help.

Is your child irritable, empty, alone, isolated in his or her room, anti social, display a loss of interest or withdrawal from family, friends, peers, activities they once enjoyed participating in, relationship problems with family, peers, teachers, classmates, neighbors, change in eating habits either eating more than usual or eating less than normal, challenges with too much sleep or not enough sleep, staying up late and not having an easy time awaking for school., low energy, boredom, withdrawal from normal activities, criticizing themselves or behavior issues at home and or at school, feeling rejected, abandoned, unloved, rejected, negative self talk, grades dropping at school, performance is poor at school, complaining often about physical problems, headaches, stomach aches, body aches, writings about death, suicidal thoughts, giving away favorite things,. These are just a few red flags that your child or teen or adult family member needs professional help.

Children that were diagnosed with ADHD, Conduct Disorders, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders showed huge improvements through counseling and addressing sleep as well as other health habits: exercise, diet, healthy communication, and learning healthy life skills. Learning evidence based techniques to manage mood, depression, and anxiety is extremely important from an expert in the field.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Children as young as five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety in the United States of America.Figures showed mental health teams are working with more than 1,000 children and young people who were referred for therapy.

Research shows that family stress, financial issues, unemployment, and substance use or abuse is connected with child depression and child anxiety.

Twenty percent of children between ages 10-16 will be diagnosed with some type of mental health diagnosis. It could be ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Oppositional defiant disorder and more.

The tendency to develop depression and anxiety involves a complex mixture of factors, such as (genetic) factors and life-stressors.

Children and adolescents who get depressed have often had adverse experiences, such as, losing a parent or being abused as a child. Some have had struggles academically. Many children have been bullied or have been verbally abused and not accepted at their schools. Many struggle with social skills and communication skills. Many have very low self esteem.

Such early life experiences sets a person up for later depression and anxiety.

In addition recent events often precipitate an episode of depression or anxiety. A life event is simply a stressful occurrence. Friendship difficulties and disappointments are common triggers for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.

Having a family history of depression can also put individuals more at risk as there is some genetic contribution to depression.

Although there is no evidence that family difficulties actually cause depression, when there is a lot of family conflict, this can interfere with a person’s recovery.The most important element in treating depression and anxiety is feeling safe and comfortable with one’s therapist and having someone with a great deal of experience working with youth. I see youth all day in my office and many only see one child per week so make sure you find someone who has rapport with parents as well as your child.

I provide: play, CBT therapy, DBT, Talk, Educational therapy

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The best studied of the psychological treatments for child and adolescent depression and anxiety. CBT aims to address the negative thinking that may maintain depression and axniety.

CBT for children and adolescents is usually given in courses of 8 to 12 individual weekly sessions each lasting 50 minutes, including a final 10 minutes with parents. Mind-fullness training, progressive relaxation, Imagery, meditation, hypnosis, and exposure therapy can address anxiety and depressed moods., DBT therapy is used for treating anxiety and depression.

Most experts world wide, in Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona and in America state: Intervening early when a child or teenager or young person starts struggling to cope is proven to reduce the likelihood of that young person developing much more severe and entrenched mental health problems. Counseling and child and teen therapy is vital. Family counseling and parenting will help the child even more than just one on one child psychotherapy.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Child depression treatment can be attacked in two ways one is medication and Two is Counseling and individual child and family therapy. All the research out on child mental health disorders and behavior in relation to depression, anxiety, school, anger etc show that best results and best outcomes for your child are obtained through Counseling and Therapy w an expert that works with children and families regardless if you use medications.

Is your child Depressed, Angry, Defiant, Unmotivated, irritable, does not listen, does not do chores, does not do his or her homework, lies about his or her academics? You are not alone and behavioral issues for children and teens are on the rise in an exponential fashion. The best research approach to creating desired change is a combination of child and teen counseling mixed with parenting skills and or family therapy to created desired change. Below is information on statistics for mental health issues in Arizona and the USA.

Children throughout the United States of America and in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona are experiencing a higher rate of neurological disorders and behavioral problems then were reported or diagnosed ten years a ago. The positive news is that children are facing fewer physical disabilities over the past ten years.

The unexpected spike could be attributed to more awareness of mental health disorders, better diagnostics and more availability for mental health care support in the USA.

Experts state that the increase in behavioral health issues and mental health disorders may be attributed to an increase in stress for children and families.

The increase in environmental exposures and poor dietary health habits for children and families in the USA.

Media news is at an all time high and this may impact pregnant women.

Higher rates of autism spectrum disorders, childhood anxiety, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression are some of the disorders that are on the rise.

Children, especially those in more socially advantaged households, may be diagnosed more readily for neurological disorders such as autism or mental health disorders, because of better access to health services and increased parental awareness of such disorders.

But environmental exposures, obesity in pregnancy and the persistent stress of the American lifestyle also help to explain the increase. During his career, Dr. Jones said, he has witnessed notable increases in autism and childhood anxiety, along with an ever-larger prevalence of ADHD and childhood depression.

Video games, media,Tv, You tube, smart phones, movies have exponentially increased: anxiety, fear, and stress. The more exposure to violence and aggression the more likelihood a child will have sleep problems, anxiety issues, academic challenges, depression , and mood disorders. Parents should limit and minimize exposure to violence and fearful media images and parents will see a shift in children’s mood etc.

Over twenty percent of American Children and teenagers have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder in America.ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) was the most widely diagnosed disorder for children under the age of eighteen.

Behavioral disorders and conduct disorders ranked second on the list of disorders among youth in the USA. Next Anxiety disorders and Depression or depressive disorders followed and next was Autistic Disorders.

Depression and alcohol use disorders were high as well as cannabis use disorders. Millions of teenagers in America abuse drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine.

Children struggle with family issues such as: grief , loss, divorce, moving schools, adoption issues, abuse, mood regulation, self esteem , social skills, healthy choices, problem solving, stress management,  ADHD, changing behaviors at home as well as at school bullying, peer pressure, addictions to electronics, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and more.

It is important to obtain support and the earlier you get counseling and psychotherapy the better chance your child or teenager has of finding balance and success. Family counseling combined with individual counseling and therapy can be extremely effective for change.

The holiday season can trigger feelings of grief, loss and fluctuating emotions. There is a spike in depressive moods for children, and adolescents during X mas, Easter, Thanksgiving,and New Years.

Depression that is left untreated can lead to many unhealthy behaviors including but not limited to: lack of motivation, poor performance, alcohol and drug use, and many other mental health conditions.

Your child may isolate in his room or simply absorb himself in media, video games, tv, computer , and not be involved with the family this is very unhealthy.

Relationships with friends as well as with family and parents are just one piece of a potential issue with your child. Your child’s negative thoughts and self esteem are also very important to address. A child can be a straight A student, have lots of friends and still be depressed and have a very low self concept.

Parents during the holidays will also have time to observe any young adults that are coming home for the holidays. Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, Anxiety, are some of the bigger diagnosis of young adults ages eighteen to twenty five however it many times goes ignored. Many college students or young adults are concerned about a stigma related to seeking counseling support so they do not set up an appointment at school or at home.

In a large college research survey over one third of all college students felt depressed to the point that they had difficulty functioning over the past year and over fifty percent of college aged students stated they felt so much anxiety that it impacted their school performance or impaired them.

Depression that is not addressed or treated can lead to suicide. It will affect class attendance, school performance, social activities, increase your child’s likelihood for drug abuse and alcohol abuse as well as other addictions.

Young adults just like teens experience many stressor from school pressure to, new peers, to achievement, as well as being away from home for the first time or simply transitioning from home.

If a young adult is depressed he or she should seek professional support asap. Parents can encourage their children to maintain better sleep habits daily, minimize media use ( TV, Video Games, Texting< facebook, INstagram, IPOD, smart Phone) to no more than 1.5 hours a day. There are many components that can combine to create a depressed mood: new school, family dynamics, self esteem, performance at school, moving schools or moving cities, bullying, social relationships, stress, past trauma, sleep, anxiety and more. Looking at all areas of a teen or child’s life is vital in treating depression because there likely is more than one component.

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Depression is a human response to pain in life. It is not a disability unless we stay stuck in it and can not pull ourselves out of the depression and it begins to impact our lives in a negative way. Depression will not sustain itself when one gets on the right path for life and sees the glass half full instead of half empty.

A loss of a dog or cat can cause many to feel a sense of depression. As life circumstances change so too will an individuals mood. While watching ASU Arizona State or any sports event one can cycle from euphoria to a sense of hopelessness and then continue to swing up and down many times during the game.

Depression many times is lifted by: making new friends, a new job, learning a new skill, travel, finding a passion, or through the passing of time.

Research shows that an individual whom is depressed many times is wrestling with guilt, and negative cognitions of blame. The best therapy is having good rapport with your therapist and someone who uses a variety of approaches. Many experts state that psychotherapy is the key to alleviating depression. A caring psychotherapeutic relationship is huge according data and research on depression.

Empathy is vital to heal from depression. Empathy a loving concern for others connects people. Some medications blunt empathy and make people feel indifferent. Research shows neurotransmitters that get invlolved in frontal lobe reactions are impacted and can rob us of self awareness, empathy, and sensitivity.

Love and instillation of hope I healing opportunity possible everyday) is crucial in the triumph over depression in children, teens, and adults.

Below are some symptoms you may observe in a depressed child however it is not limited to these alone:

Below is a list of SOME possible symptoms of child depression it is not inclusive just some things to look out for and to always seek professional advice on this matter.

One very common childhood depression symptom is an irritable mood.Children and adolescent teens who are irritable may be rude, disrespectful, and may refuse to do what you ask. They are less likely to follow the rules at school or at home and frequently talk back to parents and teachers. They are defiant at times as well.

A child who is bored may bother you, follow you around the house and demand that you entertain them. This may be because they are feeling down and blue.

They no longer like to do things they used to think were fun this is a red flag as well.

A child who is experiencing this childhood depression symptom will stop enjoying the activities they were the most interested in.

They may display changes in eating patterns or appetite. A child may eat more or eat less or very little as far as eating habits.

Children who experience this childhood depression symptom may seem particular or complain about their food. They may not want to get up or go to bed. The child may complain about the food when in the past they did not complain.

Children may sleep more or less than normal. Behaviorally this can translate into refusal to go to school or to go to bed. A change in sleep is a huge red flag. Sleep will impact mood in a very negative manner besides school performance and interpersonal communication and social interactions.

Depressed children and teenagers may complain of feeling tired and lack the energy to complete the tasks they need to do at home and school. This childhood depression symptom often causes children to behave in a way that can be misinterpreted as lazy. If parents or teachers describe a child as lazy I am immediately suspicious that the child is depressed. They have thoughts of worthlessness or guilty feelings. Low sense of self esteem is apparent and the child is not feeling good about his or her life at this time.

Children and adolescent teens who are depressed will often make negative self statements. Most parents often miss these statements or may be irritated by them. Younger children won’t attempt to complete tasks or activities because of fear that they are not good enough to do so. Kids with this childhood depression symptom may also blame themselves for things that they have nothing to do with.

Other symptoms include unpleasant behaviors such as tantrums, inability to handle frustration, complaining or crying. At school depressed children may be hostile or aggressive, display a drop in school performance, or may frequently go to the school nurse. Physical symptoms not wanting to go to school, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, cutting, self harm are other red flags stating your child needs professional assistance.

If you think your teen or child is exhibiting these symptoms it is very likely that your child is depressed.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Children and teens are every bit as stressed as the adults around them per a survey in  the USA that offers a snapshot of youth and their stressors.

Adolescent youth routinely say that their school-year stress levels are far higher than they think is healthy and their average reported stress exceeds that of adults, according to an annual survey published by the American Psychological Association.

Three out of ten children reported feeling depressed in a large survey taken  in 2014. Teenagers stress level was reported higher than the average reported for adults.

Children are feeling the intense pressure of: schoolwork, homework, family stress, social and interpersonal stress, and a culture that focuses on performance more than passion. A culture that pushes consumption and accumulation of “things” as vital when an inanimate object truly can not bring a foundation of happiness to our lives.

Our society is seeing a huge increase in child and teen anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, poor social skills, and more. Children today are connected to 5-6 electronic devices that are distracting and impact: sleep, school performance, mood, relationships and more.

Teens need a support system as well as structure and tools to cope with stress and distractions that are painful and challenging.

Parents, counselors and other adults can help young people resist stress and learn to manage it better. They can set limits and firm boundaries for reasonable sleep and screen time and point their teens toward stress-relieving activities, such as exercise. Creating a balance is key to managing life for a teen. Helping a child manage his or her time, eat healthy foods, minimize electronics and video games, obtain adequate sleep, balance school with family and peers.

Lifeworks Az has expertise in helping each unique child with creating balance in all aspects of their life. Lifeworks Az also works with each parent to modify the family dynamics to create the best outcome for the family as well as the child. The research in counseling and psychotherapy shows that a combined integrative approach is the most effective and gets best results. Lifeworks Az works with: boys and girls ages 5 and up as well as with teens and parents to create desired change. Lifeworks Az looks at the child’s unique gifts and strengths and uses this  as a foundation for change. Lifeworks AZ does not label any child because a label will become used as a reason a child can not succeed and change and we have children making huge changes daily. Labels creating a feeling of being defective or disabled, or having a deficit and Lifeworks AZ focuses on the child as half full not half empty.

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All healthy children at times express themselves like warriors fighting for a cause. It quickly develops into complaint’s like “I do not want to”. You can not make me. It is not fair. This sense of self respect becomes twisted into an ego based pride in response to repeated humiliations. The pride becomes a statement of your child or teens identity . The child solidifies his cognition that “I will resist at any cost anything that threatens my self respect or dignity. A child that feels victimized at home or at school begins to feel helpless and overwhelmed and healthy thoughts and feelings of self respect can be transformed into: anger, defiance, conduct disorders, not listening, and ego fueled pride. Psychotherapy with a child expert can help the child untwist distorted thoughts and help parents with tips to modify a child’s behavior. It is important to have both parents and child involved.

It might be tough to watch your beloved child morph into a teenage disrespectful, angry, back talking, defiant, non chore doing, back-talking, door-slamming, bedroom-retreating, fickle being. But it might be tougher yet to discern “normal” adolescent behavior from the signs of a materializing mood disorder. The signs are “easy to miss. It is easy for parents to believe it is a developmental stage and not a mood disorder or an emotional or behavioral disorder. It is vital to have counseling for an intervention sooner than later.

Over fifty percent of all mental illnesses arise by age 14. And about 2 million 12-to-17-year-olds, or 1 in 12 of them, experience clinical depression each year, government health officials estimated in May.

On average a child has had symptoms of mental illness for more than six months before getting help. That lag could have devastating consequences, since untreated mental illness can lead to suicide. The third-leading cause of death among 15-to-24-year-olds, suicide appears to be on the rise among youth and young adults after more than a decade of decline. Behavior can change with some work and stress at home an in the family will be reduced using an expert in counseling children.

Spotting warning signs can be tricky. Many teenagers with depression, for example, exhibit an easily overlooked blend of mood and behavioral issues rather than the symptoms typically seen in adults, researchers state.

Stress from things like pressure to perform in school or to land a good job may precipitate Psychological disorders, which they found almost half of the more than 5,000 college-age individuals studied had suffered from in the past year. The level of stress that most teens and children are under is unhealthy think we see that reflected at the one end in depression, suicide, and anxiety disorders being on the rise but also in kids who don’t have clinical diagnoses. Parents can take steps to cultivate resilience in their children, which may help fend off some problems. Counseling to address behavioral issues with a parent and teen is vital if change has not happened within 3 months of new parenting techniques.

Our challenge is to raise children and adolescent teens with a wide repertoire of positive coping strategies, so that when life gets difficult they will turn to things that will move them forward.. Children can learn stress management coping skills, mood regulation, social skills, building self esteem, anxiety reduction, healthy communication, motivation and much more to create a strong foundation for healthy change.

One way parents can do this is by setting a good example when, for instance, coping with setbacks. Another is to focus on raising a balanced person, not a high-achieving performer; if kids are made to feel as though their ultimate goal is to please parents, not themselves, they won’t learn how to identify their own strengths and preferences to fit into the perfect box

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A study published in the Jan 1 issue of Sleep found that children with sleep disturbances are more severely depressed, have more depressive symptoms and have more anxiety disorders, compared with children without sleep disturbances.”


Ashley Judd revealed that she battled depression for years but hid her anguish. “I was in so much pain.”

Eighty nine percent of americans believe physical and mental health are equally important in a poll by Parade/ Research America Poll.

For more info on this article go to Parade magazine article called the true cost of depression by Lyric Wallwork Winik.

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I read an interesting article called Getting a grip on the Winter Blues 12-5-06, by Jane E. Brody.

The article states 14 million severely affected American adults, SAD can send them into a tailspin that makes it difficult if not impossible to fulfill daily responsibilities and derive any joy from life. An additional 33 million people are less severely affected but may experience declines in energy, cheerfulness, creativity or productivity in the dark days of winter.

Antidepressants and Depression in Children

Your children are taking anti depressants that have been tested in a lab for 6-8 weeks by the FDA and your child potentially might be taking them for years, decades, a lifetime? Does this make sense? No however marketing and TV and culture tells us to do so…at what cost?

Many of these drugs have warnings that the medication can impact suicidal and homicidal thoughts and behaviors. Is there really a magic pill to replace years of behaviors and thoughts?

Many antidepressants block the reuptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine our neurotransmitters. Many of these hese drugs impact the serotonergic system.

Drug manufacturers finance their own researchers and pay them to produce results. The manufacturers are not required to use all test results they can choose the most favorable ones if they decide too. Any profit making corporation is likely to do everything it can to maximize the possibility it’s test’s will turn out positive for their drug. After all some drugs produce over 10 Billion dollars a year for one pill.

Drug studies are a few weeks and long term side effects are not researched. Further most drugs are combined with other prescription drugs as part of a physicians treatment and this is not part of the research.

Psychiatrist and physicians are claiming that depression is a physical or biological issue,however, there is no research to support this theory. Physicians are trained to examine problems at the physiological level. If they concluded that human pain and suffering was psychological and spiritual rather than medical in origin they would have to give up trying to help others through medicine. Very few are willing to do the above mentioned. For most psychiatrists there training, professional identity, prestige, ego, and income are tied into the validity of the medical approach.

When trying to withdraw from psychiatric drugs, patients can develop serious and even life threatening emotional and physical reactions.   In short it is very dangerous to stop taking these drugs without  a medical doctors professional advice and clinical supervision.

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